XFL POWER RANKINGS WEEK 1
- Houston Roughnecks (1-0)
The main reason the XFL had a successful first weekend was the play of the quarterbacks. PJ Nelson had the best performance in week 1 leading the Houston Roughnecks to a win over the LA Wildcats. Walker started the game with a 50 yard touchdown pass and after trailing 17-12 led the Roughnecks to 25 unanswered points and a 37-17 win. The Roughnecks dominated through the air and looked unstoppable at times on offense while their defense shut out the Wildcats in the second half with two interceptions. The Roughnecks were the most impressive team after week 1.
- St. Louis BattleHawks (1-0)
St. Louis was the lone road team to win in week 1 of the XFL, beating the Dallas Renegades 15-9. Although they played against Dallas’ backup quarterback the St. Louis defense was stout all day. They will need to show they can put the ball in the end zone more often in future weeks but their offense was balanced all day and Jordan Ta’amu, the former Ole Miss QB, threw for more than 200 yards and the BattleHawks rushed for almost 200 as well. If the BattleHawks can finish drives and build off their defensive performance, they will be a tough opponent week in and week out. They also had the best post game celebration.
Victories taste better with SELTZER.
— St. Louis BattleHawks (@XFLBattleHawks) February 10, 2020
- DC Defenders (1-0)
The Defenders opened the first game of the XFL with a 31-19 home win over the Seattle Dragons. The first touchdown for the Defenders came off a blocked punt for a score. After struggling to move the ball early, Cardale Jones stole the show following a double reverse flea flicker pass for a score in the second half. Jones threw for 235 yards and two scores, while the Defenders’ defense forced three turnovers including a game sealing pick six.
The Defenders appeared to regret their decision not to sign PFTCommenter when Tyler Rausa missed a 35 yard field goal. Mr. 35 definitely hits that kick and the Defenders would have had a more comfortable 34-19 win. We’ll see if the Defenders reconsider their decision before it cost them a game.
35-yard FG missed by the DC Defenders? Could’ve used this guy pic.twitter.com/eGqRf0y8xC
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 8, 2020
- New York Guardians (1-0)
The Guardians had the most dominate win this weekend beating the Tampa Bay Viper 23-3. While they were the most lopsided victory in week 1, they still sit at number four because the Viper are not very good. The Guardians’ defense played great and Matt McGloin was solid, even though he didn’t have to do much in the win. The Guardians still have the most to prove from the week 1 winners.
- Dallas Renegades (0-1)
Dallas was the lone home team to lose in week 1. The Renegades didn’t have starting quarterback Landry Jones due to a knee injury and started Philip Nelson at QB. It became clear early that Nelson doesn’t have the arm strength to drive the ball down the field and run the air raid effectively. When Jones is healthy, the offense should pick up and be able to put points on the board early and often. The defense played well in week 1 and if they can build off their performance and the offense can get rolling, the Renegades are going to be a team that can dominate opponents.
- Seattle Dragons (0-1)
The Dragons had a chance to win the game in DC and were right in the game until QB Brandon Silvers threw a pick six in the fourth quarter that all but sealed the game for the Defenders. Silvers played pretty well in the first half, helping the Dragons take a 13-12 into the half. Three critical turnovers and poor special teams play plagued Jim Zorn’s team. The brightest spot for the Dragons was WR Austin Proehl who hauled in five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. The Dragons will need to take care of the ball and sure up their secondary to get themselves in the win column.
- LA Wildcats (0-1)
The Wildcats held a 17-12 lead over the Roughnecks but then gave up 25 unanswered points and were shut out in the second half of the game. The Wildcats played without the number one pick in the inaugural XFL draft Josh Johnson and finished with four turnovers. WR Nelson Spruce put on a show and was the favorite target of back up QB Charles Kanoff. Spruce finished with 11 catches for 103 yards. The Wildcats should get instantly better when Johnson is able to return under center, but the defense is somewhat of a mess and they have already fired their defensive coordinator, Pepper Johnson. The Wildcats have a lot to fix to get in the win column.
XFL means business: Los Angeles Wildcats already have parted ways with DC Pepper Johnson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2020
- Tampa Bay Vipers (0-1)
The Tampa Bay Vipers had by far the worst performance of week 1. Aaron Murray was the worst quarterback on opening weekend, completing less than 50% of his passes and throwing two interceptions before being pulled in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand. The Vipers were 0-4 in the red zone and they were only able to produce 3 points against the New York defense. Marc Trestman has a lot of work to do early on with the Vipers.
GAME OF THE WEEK (WEEK 2):
St. Louis BattleHawks @ Houston Roughnecks Sunday February 16th @6pm
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